25 ways to donate and support the Black Lives Matter movement in Canada
After demonstrations erupted across the country in response to police brutality and systemic anti-Black racism and black squares in support of Blackout Tuesday filled social media feeds, many are left wondering how else they can help in this fight against racism that's far from over.
Donating to a good cause can be a great way to do just that. There are many anti-racism organizations and charities in Canada, which are working tirelessly to make a difference.
Here are 25 organizations you can donate to in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.
This global movement started after the man who shot and killed Trayvon Martin was acquitted. The organization, which has chapters in Canada, including Black Lives Matter Toronto and Black Lives Matter Vancouver, works in solidarity with Black communities to dismantle all forms of oppression and violence.
This non-profit legal clinic offers free legal services for low or no-income Black Ontarionians. The services include legal representation, advice and support concerning police complaints, expulsions, discriminatory treatment and evictions.
This fund was organized by the family of Regis Korchinski-Paquet, a Black Toronto woman who fell to her death in the presence of police officers. Funds will go toward seeking justice in her case.
This Toronto-based initiative supports the advancement of Black women and survivors of sexual violence through an anti-racist, trauma-informed, survivor-centred lens.
This fund has helped support 147 Black individuals and families in British Columbia who are facing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic as of June 9. There's also a similar campaign created by BLM Toronto.
This organization works to improve the health and wellbeing of Black communities in Canada through health promotion, public policy, collaboration and fundraising.
People of Caribbean, East and West African origin in Ontario have 60 per cent increased risk of psychosis, and Black women are 43 per cent more likely to die from breast cancer than white women, according to this community-led registered charity.
This Toronto-based network is dedicated to empowering Black artists and cultural workers in Canada and around the globe by providing an accessible venue to showcase their work to the general public.
This society monitors hate group activity throughout the country and helps youth leave hate groups. It also provides provide public education about institutional racism, hate groups and hate group recruitment.
This organization offers mental health and addiction support and services to racialized communities through an anti-racist, anti-oppressive lens.
This youth and parent-driven initiative aims to fight against anti-Black racism in the school system. The program provides year-round training programs, curriculum fairs and student conferences to help cultivate systemic change.
FoodShare Toronto is working to ensure that Canadians who are facing food insecurity during the COVID-19 pandemic get access to good food. Black households are 3.56 times more likely to be food insecure than other households. Afri-Can FoodBasket is another, similar initiative.
This Toronto-based group focuses on providing equity and opportunity for the Black community in business, education, employment and economic development. The association offers scholarships, classes, business courses and entrepreneurship camps aimed at Black youth.
This grassroots organization works to cultivate an open dialogue on the daily experiences of being Black by providing a safe space for people of colour through a variety of community events, artistic demonstrations and workshops.
This youth collective is focused on empowering and supporting African and Caribbean young people through community-based events and programs in the city of Edmonton.
This community-based organization promotes holistic wellness created by and for Black women by fostering inclusive and anti-oppressive spaces that celebrate the Black identity and build social support networks.
This international movement of students, which began at Ryerson University and the University of Toronto, challenges anti-Black racism in post-secondary institutions across Canada. Through direct action work, the group fights for changes to Black life on campus.
Named after an alleyway and the previous home of Vancouver's Black population, this non-profit organization in British Columbia is committed to researching, preserving and highlighting Black history in Vancouver and the rest of the province.
This national organization works to advance the interests of Canadians of African descent. The federation focuses on community building, higher education, health, economic security, reducing racism and criminal justice reform.
This fund, which was started by a group of Black therapists and wellness professionals from The Healing Collective in Toronto, supports Black-led low to no-cost mental health workshops in Canada.
As Canada’s first Black art centre, this organization in Toronto showcases and promotes art from members of the Black community. And offers programs in music, photography, literature, visual arts and performing arts.
What started as a community-based project in Winnipeg, turned into a national program that focuses on community development, education and health support for Black youth across Canada.
This organization provides workshops, tools and training around digital literacy and computer competence to young Black men looking to learn more about coding and computer science.
This is a non-profit initiative raising funds to make mental health support more accessible to Black community members in the Vancouver Lower Mainland who require therapy resources due to racial trauma.
Since its inception in 1972, this multi-service centre has been offering culturally relevant and educational youth development programs including counselling, skills development, summer camps, leadership programs and social events.
Cities across Canada including Toronto, Halifax, Vancouver and Montreal, as well as many others host festivals each year devoted to celebrating and promoting Black cinema.
If you’re unable to donate, there are plenty of other ways you can do your part. That includes educating yourself, engaging in difficult conversations and demanding change from your elected officials.
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